Painting A Picture of Irina The Cat

Last week I decided to paint a picture of my cat Irina. Here is how I created this painting of my little cat from start to finish. In this scene it looks like Irina is running out of the hills along a footpath.

I drew a rough draft copy of Irina on scrap paper.
I drew a rough draft copy of Irina on scrap paper.
I began tracing over the rough sketch so I could transfer this onto the canvas.
I began tracing over the rough sketch so I could transfer this onto the canvas.
I finished tracing the front side of the drawing.
I finished tracing the front side of the drawing.
I  traced on the backside of the tracing paper, so I would be able to transfer the image to the canvas.
I traced on the backside of the tracing paper, so I would be able to transfer the image to the canvas.
I etched over Irina's image on the tracing paper to copy her image on to the canvas board.
I etched over Irina’s image on the tracing paper to copy her image on to the canvas board.
I painted in the sky and Irina.
I painted in the sky and Irina.
I painted in the trees and the grass behind Irina the cat.
I painted in the trees and the grass behind Irina the cat.
The completed painting of Irina the cat.

B Is For Brushstrokes

B is for brushstrokes because I enjoy painting, and this activity allows me to create artwork for the walls of my home. I am always fascinated with the types of brushstrokes each painting contains, and sometimes brushtrokes can even tell a story. Below are a few of my paintings, all of which contain various types of brushstrokes.

I added boulders to the dark green hills on the left-hand side of the canvas.  The boulders were created with a peachy beige tint of oil paint.
I added boulders to the dark green hills on the left-hand side of the canvas. The boulders were created with a peachy beige tint of oil paint.
I created this painting with acrylics, and used sparkly paint to create the luminous effect on the San Bernardino Mountains after a snow storm.
I created this painting with acrylics, and used sparkly paint to create the luminous effect on the San Bernardino Mountains after a snow storm.
I painted a picture of this grey cat using oil paints. He has black-eyed Susans behind him as he enjoys the afternoon on a window sill.
This is my oil pastel painting of the large boulders out at the Pinnacles, which are located in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Acrylic painting of a grey cat sitting next to a morning glory.  I grew up with many cats who enjoyed sitting next to morning glories, which was the inspiration for this painting.
Acrylic painting of a grey cat sitting next to a morning glory. I grew up with many cats who enjoyed sitting next to morning glories, which was the inspiration for this painting.

The Finished Painting of The View of Mount Baldy

 

Yesterday I finally finished painting the last details on the view of Mount Baldy painting, which is from the vantage point of the San Bernardino Mountains.

Here I have added more trees to the foreground, which is the San Bernardino Mountains.
Here I have added more trees to the foreground, which is the San Bernardino Mountains.
I added boulders to the dark green hills on the left-hand side of the canvas.  The boulders were created with a peachy beige tint of oil paint.
I added boulders to the dark green hills on the left-hand side of the canvas. The boulders were created with a peachy beige tint of oil paint.

The video below shows what this painting looks like when you are standing right next to it. I especially liked how the ridges in the paint on the mountains mimicked actually ridges spotted on Mount Baldy in the distance. So it was quite exciting to create a piece of local inspired art, which is based on the view I beheld every day on my walks up in the San Bernardino Mountains. You are probably wondering how one mountain range can look so prominent from another. The reason is the Lake Arrowhead vicinity is around 5,000 feet in elevation, and Mount Baldy, which has a proper name of Mount San Antonio, is 10,064 feet. Some people do not realize we have such towering mountain ranges here in Southern California, and Mount San Gorgonio is at 11,503 feet in elevation.